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PA Professor Who Called Lesbian Student 'Disgusting' and 'Abnormal' Told Another Gay Student He Would 'Burn in Hell': VIDEO

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Yesterday I posted about Christina Santiago, a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania who was humliated by her professor during a class discussion on homosexuality.

SantiagoSantiago's business professor, who has not been identified, called it "disgusting, unnatural, and abnormal" and when Santiago identified herself as a lesbian he told her that the words applied to her. The teacher continued, telling her that "God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Adam.

Last night another student came forward.Michael Heller, a graduate of IUP, says the same thing happened to him, KDKA reports:

Heller, who is gay, described a list of anti-gay comments he claims the professor told the class: “God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve, and that being gay was an abomination. That anybody that was gay was going to burn in Hell and that’s what they deserved.”

Heller says he had to leave the room because he was in tears. “It destroyed me because at that point in my life, I wasn’t really sure who I was,” said Heller. “I had just come out of the closet a few years earlier.”

Heller said his complaints to the school at the time have apparently been ignored.

The professor has yet to be identified and the school says it is still in the "fact-finding" stage.

Watch KDKA's interview with Heller, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I find Marc C's comment above awfully rude and unhelpful. Mr. Heller said he complained to the university. It seems apparent to me that the university didn't do enough. Between Ms. Santiago's and Mr. Heller's going to media, I think there will finally be some effective action.

    Posted by: SBA | Oct 18, 2011 7:26:21 PM


  2. Let me speak as a graduate of IUP, who was there when the Heller incident happened. There was a fairly substantial furor on campus, and people were talking about it, but of course it went ignored because we had a very conservative administration who was trying to drive up admissions rates. It was appalling then, and it's appalling now, that the professor is still there, but IUP's a fairly conservative campus in a very conservative part of the state so it was a no-brainer that they weren't going to do anything.

    Story time: at a public forum hosted by the IUP Pride group about the incident, the university president fell asleep, and was woken up by his phone going off as another student talked about being run down by Indiana residents on a pick-up truck through campus. He then went outside to conduct the phone call. It wasn't a safe space for queer kids.

    And as for people leveling Mr. Heller with all the "grow some balls" quotes, seriously, quit. It isn't the responsibility of every queer kid victimized by cruelty and bigotry to become an activist.

    Posted by: MB | Oct 18, 2011 10:13:19 PM


  3. We MUST keep after these bigots. Here's another case. http://blogs.findlaw.com/greedy_associates/2011/10/chicago-lawyer-suspended-for-calling-other-attorneys-gay-slurs.html#more

    Posted by: Grego | Oct 19, 2011 4:09:05 PM


  4. FYI Christina has been forthcoming with all her information including the name of the professor. You'll find the news media withholding the name to protect their companies against slander lawsuits in the event the allegations go south.

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  6. good for him! Gays and lesbians are all digusting vile unnatural creatures!

    Posted by: sarah | Jul 20, 2012 2:17:32 PM


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